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OK so the basics, sucrose is table sugar, is a molecule of glucose tied to a molecule of fructose. We diabetics know all about glucose, right, it goes into the blood and is used by lots of cells as long as they have insulin. Fructose, as I've learned from web surfing the last few days, has to first be processed by the liver, it is generally NOT used directly by the cells, it does not require any insulin to get into the liver, only when it is converted and released as glucose. And if your liver (not pancreas) is behaving, well, then it doesn't release a ton of glucose for no reason.
So the science on this - is not entirely settled. There is some disagreement, and some silliness. Many fruits (!) have more fructose NOT tied to glucose. And I can't believe that eating moderate amounts of fruit is in general a bad thing for normal humans, even normal humans with diabetes. And in general I've seen type2 diets are allowed some fruit, but no particular mention of high fructose or low fructose.
(and if you Google this stuff what you mostly get is jabber about "high fructose corn syrup", which is a whole other discussion)
So a couple of more thoughts about fructose, and I welcome any leads as to what else to even look at. When we count carbs in fruit and foods in general, should fructose carbs count the same as glucose carbs? What has me going on this is not really a fascination with organic chemistry, but some results I've seen in my own diet. Just by chance I settled on apples and watermelon as my fruit portions once or twice a day, as I was getting into all this. These turn out to be high fructose. And when I decided to try something else - my BG readings went up! So what I'm seeing is that counting high fructose food carbs may be misleading, or possibly even better, small amounts of fructose may *help* control BG symptoms. There do seem to be some sporadic suggests that this could be the case, but few specifics.
And for extra credit, also consider - cinnamon. Now there are some reports that fructose can lead to higher triglycerides and belly fat. This sounds a little fishy to me, unless you try to live on fructose alone, but here's the thing, there are also reports that cinnamon cancels these effects. So, how about a little fructose plus cinnamon? Again in my own case, I was just by chance putting some cinnamon in my oatmeal, and when I stopped the oatmeal I stopped the cinnamon - and my BG went up. That's when I started seriously looking into it.
So, anyone else have any knowledge, thoughts, recipes, stories? Thanks.
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